Headwaters New Play Programs

Located on the Continental Divide, Creede, Colorado lies at the headwaters of the Rio Grande. Similarly, CRT’s Headwaters Program is the source of new plays of the West. Over the last decade, one-third of all CRT productions have been original plays, and, like the Rio Grande, they all started at Headwaters.


Now in its 7th season, the Headwaters New Play Festival is a weeklong workshop where selected plays are developed with a team of professional theatre artists and receive public readings. Headwaters is the source of new plays of the West. However, our definition of West is extremely broad. It may include plays set in the current, historic, or mythic western United States; plays that reflect the diverse cultures and experiences of the West; plays that examine the American urban/rural divide; and plays that completely re-imagine what “West” means.

Festival audiences get a front row seat into the adventurous process of bringing a play to life: untested material, instant feedback, engaging talk-backs, and you’ll even see our original Young Audience Outreach Tour before it hits the road. CRT’s 52nd season featured the Headwaters World Premiere General Store by Brian Watkins, a New Dramatist Resident Playwright.

If you are ready to submit your play visit our SUBMISSIONS page.
The deadline for submissions – February 18, 2018.


The company-generated 10-Minute Play Festival is one of the most exciting nights of the season. Five original plays inspired by a common theme starring our talented company in a whole new light.


CRT believes in the power of theatre for young audiences.  Our Education Department commissions or develops two new plays each year: The KID Show is a program that allows young artists to develop and produce a new play with professional mentors. Our Young Audience Outreach Tour travels 7,000+ miles every fall to bring a new play to under-served schools throughout the southwest. CRT is currently accepting samples of work from TYA playwrights, with a particular interest in Spanish/English musicals.